Origin of touching
Synonyms for touching
verb (used with object)
- to strike the strings, keys, etc., of (a musical instrument) so as to cause it to sound.
- to play or perform (an air, notes, etc.) on a musical instrument.
verb (used without object)
- the act of approaching someone for money as a gift or a loan.
- the obtaining of money in this manner.
- the money obtained.
- a person considered from the standpoint of the relative ease with which he or she will lend money: I can always hit him for ten—he's an easy touch.
- an official mark put upon precious metal after testing to indicate its purity.
- a die, stamp, or the like for impressing such a mark.
- an identifying mark impressed on pewter by its maker.
- to represent or characterize precisely.
- to cause to ignite or explode.
- to give rise to; initiate: This incident will touch off another crisis.
- to mention a subject briefly or casually; treat of in passing: In his lecture he touched on the major aspects of the controversy.
- to come close to; approach.
- to relate or pertain to.
- to make minor changes or improvements in the appearance of.
- to modify or improve (a painting, photograph, etc.) by adding small strokes or making slight changes.
- to rouse by or as if by striking: This should touch up your memory.
Origin of touch
Synonyms for touch
Examples from the Web for touching
Contemporary Examples of touching
Their solidified friendship is one of the most touching details of the premiere, but it also puts Branson in a tricky predicament.What Downton’s Fashion Really Means
January 2, 2015
We are talking about public gatherings, people will be together, dancing, sweating, and touching each other.Liberian Senatorial Elections Defy Ebola
December 1, 2014
This is one of the most subtle and touching aspects of the profession.The Real-Life Raiders of the Lost Ark
November 14, 2014
Dead bodies were to be covered in bleach, and typical burial rites of kissing and touching ignored.The Original Ebola Hunter
September 14, 2014
The washing, touching, and kissing of these bodies—typical in many West African burials—can be deadly.Kissing the Corpses in Ebola Country
August 13, 2014
Historical Examples of touching
And it was with eagerness that I accepted the touching invitation.
She went about looking at things, curious, touching them softly as if they were sacred.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
Touching the moneys, there is enough and to spare until we reach Montaubon.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
The leper himself would never have dreamed of his touching him.Weighed and Wanting
After these touching words, Andrew began to take another view of the matter.Rico and Wiseli
- an official stamp on metal indicating standard purity
- the die stamp used to apply this markNow usually called: hallmark
- the act of asking for money as a loan or gift, often by devious means
- the money received in this way
- a person asked for money in this wayhe was an easy touch
- to finger (the keys or strings of an instrument)
- to play (a tune, piece of music, etc) in this way
Word Origin for touch
"affecting the emotions," c.1600, present participle adjective from touch (v.).
late 13c., from Old French touchier "to touch, hit, knock" (11c.), from Vulgar Latin *toccare "to knock, strike" as a bell (cf. Spanish tocar, Italian toccare), perhaps of imitative origin. Meaning "to get or borrow money" first recorded 1760. Related: Touched; touching.
Touch and go (adj.) is recorded from 1812, apparently from the name of a tag-like game, first recorded 1650s. Touch football is first attested 1933. Touch-me-not (1590s) translates Latin noli-me-tangere.
c.1300, from Old French touche "a touching," from touchier (see touch (v.)). Meaning "slight attack" (of an illness, etc.) is recorded from 1660s. Sense of "skill or aptitude in some topic" is first recorded 1927. Soft touch "person easily manipulated" is recorded from 1940.
In addition to the idioms beginning with touch
- touch and go
- touch base with
- touch bottom
- touch down
- touched by, be
- touched in the head
- touch off
- touch on
- touch up
- common touch
- finishing touch
- hit (touch) bottom
- in touch
- lose one's touch
- lose touch
- not touch with a ten-foot pole
- out of touch
- put the arm (touch) on
- soft touch